In brief: Water efficiency course, free talk on kids’ social structures, Clay Center fundraiser, regional clean mobility summit

Landscapers‘ course on water efficiency offered by City of Aspen and WaterNow Alliance

The City of Aspen partnered with WaterNow Alliance to host a three-day Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Training Course from Sept. 19-21. This course is designed for landscape professionals, resort and grounds staff, water utility staff, and municipal staff engaged in water or irrigation management within the Roaring Fork Valley. 

QWEL, an EPA WaterSense-labeled Professional Certifying Program for irrigation system audits, is a comprehensive training opportunity that equips landscape professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to enhance water efficiency in landscaping practices. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including proper plant selection, landscape water use, irrigation system design and maintenance, controller programming and operation, and other sustainable landscaping principles.

Graduates of the QWEL program are certified to conduct third-party irrigation audits in accordance with the City of Aspen’s Water Efficient Landscaping Standards. Moreover, they will be listed as certified professionals for hire on the City of Aspen, QWEL, and EPA WaterSense websites. This certification is a testament to their commitment to responsible water management and sustainability.

Registration costs $30. The registration fee includes all course materials, testing, and lunches for all three days of the program. Secure a spot by registering online at

Child psychologist and author to give free talk at Aspen Country Day School

Michael Thompson, PhD, nationally-acclaimed author and speaker, is coming to Aspen Country Day School on Tuesday, Sept. 19. This event is free and open to the entire Roaring Fork Valley. He will discuss his book, “Best Friends Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children.” Read more about him, his background, and his nine published books at

When: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.

Where: Aspen Country Day School, RSVP at

Carbondale Clay Center to host its annual fall fundraiser

Carbondale Clay Center is set to host their Annual Fall Dinner Fundraiser “Settings: The Potter’s Table.” This year, the theme highlights the incredible potters who are the heart and soul of the Clay Center.

The event will include chef-prepared food, beverages, live music from talented local musician Shanti Mae Gruber, and a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind ceramic treasures from CCC’s Private Collection. In addition, the handmade plate and cup chosen by each guest is theirs to take home at the end of the evening.

When: Sept. 23, 4-8 p.m.

Where: Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main Street

Tickets ($150) are available to purchase online via CCC’s website at

Regional clean mobility summit to come to Glenwood Springs

Organizers of the Three Rivers Clean Mobility Summit and Expo announced that Will Toor, director of the Colorado Energy Office, will deliver the keynote address at the event in Glenwood Springs on Sept. 21.

Elected officials, planners, technical experts, civic leaders, and engaged citizens are invited to participate in the regional transportation and mobility summit, which will be held from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

The event will discuss how the Garfield-Pitkin-Eagle County region can tap new funding opportunities, develop collaborative solutions, and speed progress on clean mobility.

In addition to the keynote address by Toor, the summit will include panel discussions on EV charging infrastructure and integrated clean mobility, a breakout session on challenges and opportunities, and a regional leaders panel featuring elected officials from the three-county region.

Registration for the event, which includes lunch and refreshments, is $25. Scholarships are available. More information and a link to register for the event can be found at